Overriding view page in core module through rails plugin

Hi,

I have a rails2.3 application and I have a requirement to override one
of the view in the core module through plugin. In the core module view
page, there is a text area to type the message. Now the requirement is
to make it as like nicedit, redactor so that the message can be
formatted. So I need to integrate any of the above js plugin editor and
also some changes in view page. But I need to do it via plugins only…
How is it possible. Any thoughts on this… Or any reference with example
would be highly appreciated… I am new into plugin development… Please
help.

On Sep 18, 2013, at 1:55 AM, ruby rails wrote:

help.
Can you say a little more about why a plugin specifically is necessary
here? Do you have access to the views? There are TNTC JavaScript
textarea decorator functions out there – google ‘javascript textarea
editor’ for an exhaustive list – that have nothing to do with Rails at
all, yet will serve you exceedingly well here. Look for one that serves
all of its assets from a CDN, and you should be able to drop in a couple
of lines of script in your _form.html.erb partial and be entirely done.

Walter

I do have access to views… But I am not supposed to modify anything in
core module since it is generic applicaiton… So for my client they need
this requirement… So I am supposed to do it via plugin…

On Sep 19, 2013, at 3:56 AM, pradeep Achuthan wrote:

I do have access to views… But I am not supposed to modify anything in core
module since it is generic applicaiton… So for my client they need this
requirement… So I am supposed to do it via plugin…

The only such things that I have seen as plugins are for FCEditor and
other such things, and even the ones that are distributed as Rails gems
or plug-ins still require you to modify the views to some extent. Either
you have to substitute one generator for another (text_area becomes
fc_text_area or something like that) or you have to configure
something to indicate which fields need this treatment. So I don’t see
how this is going to be any different if you have a plug-in.

Walter

Here’s a couple of examples that show what I mean. First, an injected
editor:

http://scripty.walterdavisstudio.com/injected-editor.html

If you disable JavaScript, you will see the form in its natural state –
it’s just a form, such as Rails might generate for you. When you
re-enable JavaScript (and maybe reload) the textarea is decorated with a
WYSIWYG editor. No change to the (view) code needed. This example
doesn’t show any toolbars for adding new elements to the content, so…

http://scripty.walterdavisstudio.com/editable.html

This is a different approach, without any form in place, but showing a
toolbar. Just to show you what else you can do with the contenteditable
control. A combination of the two would get you everything you need.

Walter

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